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    Question How do operators guard against trike theft?

    How can you prevent inside jobs like your driver stealing the equipment?

    Just looking for policies that would help to keep me in biz. If I start with less than 5 bikes and one disappeared, I'd be sunk for many months!
    Do you insure for theft? I hate expense!
    Do you GPS the thing? More expense.
    Do you hold their family member for ransom until shift change?

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    Post Try to train & get some trust

    We have a good training program with the company I work with & they manage to only lose trikes through stupidety (leaving your trike unlocked for one hour willst going for the toilet or food).

    When you get riders don't think of the money straight away, just make sure that you trust this guy. You can ask for a deposit but also get photo of passport & contact info such as, were they live (proof) & if they have a friend who'll fouch for them. Hell, you could even find out were there mother lives

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    Default Just talked to an operator regarding this...

    He's lost two pedicab bikes within a few weeks of each other...

    One by a driver who 'disappeared' for awhile.

    The other one was pure theft by cutting the cable...

    Says the driver got caught and spent some nights in jail.

    The other has not been caught... be on the lookout for stolen pedicabs for sale!

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    Exclamation Its a numbers game

    Its possible to have a trike & get that stollen, be it by the rider/driver or by a member of the general public. From my count out of 250 trikes in London on average 15 get stollen or 'borrowed' for a length of time each year. Most trikes have numbers or IDs added to the frame, which when they finaly get abandoned or left, means that the police manage to return them (each companie also ensure that they help keep an eye out for any stollen trikes).

    Nearly all get returned so out of the 20 from each year only about 1 in every two years stays missing, thats not bad in such a big city! Most people that steal the trikes get bored with them in a matter of houres, as they are too big for anything (trailers are a different story!), so most are found undamaged & ready to go home. Some will need a new tyre, chain & lights but that's better then no trike at all.

    This may also be a good reason to form an association for any companys working the streets of the same city.

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    My trailer-cab is locked to the tractor-bike (locking hitch-pin) so that it's tougher to load up by a thief - won't fit into a pickup bed at all! A thief would need tools and time (and a car-trailer) to get away with my cab.
    Of course, I also lock up the rig wheels whenever I'm going to lose sight of it even for a minute.
    Breathe free,

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    www.pedalcab.us

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